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March 9, 2015
Oversteps and Compromise
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Kirby Delauter

While itís still fresh in my mind, I might as well write about the items that were removed from a recent County Council agenda by Council President Bud Otis.

March 2, 2015
Keeping Taxpayers in Mind
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Kirby Delauter

A few items we have discussed at the County Council meetings are the closing of Sabillasville Elementary School and the rehabilitation of the lime kiln furnace at Walkersville's Fountain Rock Park.

February 16, 2015
The Difference between a Hand-Up and a Hand-Out
Guest Columnist

Alan Christian

I believe that Frederick County is very fortunate to have responsible nonprofit organizations that understand the difference between a hand-up and a hand-out. Several years ago, a good friend of mine, Robert Eggar, wrote a book: Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Non-profits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding for All.

October 30, 2014
Democratic Executive Candidate Makes Her Case
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Jan Gardner


I am running for Frederick county executive to fight for the things we love and value in our community. I want Frederick County to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

August 28, 2014
An Open Letter to Jan Gardner
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Take away the spin. Take away the politics. What if it weren’t an election but rather an executive search? What decision would a corporate hiring team make about Jan Gardner as an executive director candidate with the information currently in hand? Hugh Gordon speculates.

August 1, 2014
Deadline for Senior Tax Credit Approaching
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Commissioner Billy Shreve


I wanted to take this opportunity to be sure all of Frederick County’s Senior Citizens know about the enhanced Frederick County Senior Tax Credit. Property owners have until September

July 23, 2014
Reflections on Our Freedom
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Deborah L. Senn


The Star-Spangled Banner is the only national anthem to end with a question: "O say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

February 7, 2014
The Other Side of the Coin
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Joseph Berman and Cindy Powell


In a recent column on, Board of County Commissioners’ President Blaine Young tried to spin a believable story about his ill-conceived plan to sell Citizens Nursing Home and close Montevue Assisted Living. Fifteen months after announcing this bad business deal, his story still fails the test for truth and good judgment. Here’s why.

November 12, 2013
When a win is not a win
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Karl Bickel


A win is not always a win. There is more to politics than a victorious campaign and the winning of an election. The victor must be able to govern; they must be able to serve the people who elected them.

August 1, 2013
Bad for Business
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Karl W. Bickel


While The Board of County Commissioners, under the leadership of President Blaine Young, has declared Frederick County open for business, Young’s erstwhile political ally Sheriff Chuck Jenkins has become bad for business.

April 26, 2013
How we lost the gunfight in Maryland
Guest Columnist

Karl W. Bickel

Yes, we lost the gunfight in Annapolis this spring when the state legislature passed Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Forearm Safety Act of 2013, further impinging on the rights of legitimate firearms owners.

March 4, 2013
A Pain in the NeckÖ
Guest Columnist

Pam Ward


After giving in and deciding that the pain in my neck (nearly constant for three weeks) was abnormal, I went for an x-ray. When I entered the x-ray room, I struck up a conversation with the technician, who surprisingly was not dressed in scrubs. He was wearing nice office work attire.

September 25, 2012
Parents, Taxpayers and The Board of Education
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Pam Ward


A Better Choice, Frederick PAC (ABC PAC) was founded to represent the parents and taxpayers of Frederick County in the public school system by recommending candidates for their Board of Education who will listen to those voices.

June 4, 2012
Williamsport Tragedy and Triumph
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An Ijamsville resident, who coaches youth sports, relates the inspiring story of remarkable resilience in the face of all consuming tragedy - the death of classmates and the streak that led to a state title.

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